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Hands2CATS embrace big and small

THE shortlists for the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland were released this week, with 19 productions nominated across the ten categories. They range from Ian Smith's My Hands Are Dancing But My Hands Are Cold (pictured), seen at Dancebase and the Arches, which played to an audience of one and was just seven minutes long, to the National Theatre of Scotland's Nothing to See Here, part of the Extreme season in Aberdeen, which had a cast of 250. Leading the field are the NTS and the Royal Lyceum, which have six nominations each, followed closed by Dundee Rep and the Traverse with five nominations a piece. The most lauded shows are Cora Bissett's Roadkill and James Brining's Sweeney Todd, with Age of Arousal, The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart following closely behind. Full details here. Book for the awards ceremony on Sunday 12 June here.

The NTS has lost none of its appetite for large-scale participatory shows and has also been shortlisted this week for an award from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for a project on Shetland in 2013. The show, called Ignition, is one of six from across the UK that are in the running for the £175,000 prize. A co-production with Shetland Arts, the show will be a piece of outdoor, site-specific theatre about the role of the car in modern life. It is is inspired by the death of Stuart Henderson, a member of Shetland Youth Theatre who died in a road accident in 2007 at the age of 18.

FionaSturgeonSheaWrite move

CONGRATULATIONS to Fiona Sturgeon Shea (pictured) who is to take over from Julie Ellen as creative director at the Playwrights Studio, Scotland. She will leave her post as head of communications at the Traverse in August, after Ellen heads to Greenock's new arts centre, the Beacon. "I am excited to continue working with Scotland's playwrights who have already given me so much inspiration and joy particularly during my time with the Traverse, Scotland's new writing theatre," says Sturgeon Shea, who has also worked at the Citizens, the Royal Lyceum and the Orange Tree as well as the SAC and the NHS.

EwanDonaldPhotocreditEamonnMcGoldrickMore treading the boards abroad

LAST week we reported on a handful of Scottish theatremakers whose work can be seen beyond Scotland. Now here are some more. Underway right now in Dresden is Szene:Schottland, a festival featuring Adrian Howells (Foot Washing for the Sole), Pauline Goldsmith (Bright Colours Only) and Matthew Zajac (The Tailor or Inverness) alongside works by David Leddy (Susurrus), Vox Motus (The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo) and David Hughes Dance (The Red Room). Playwright Sam Holcroft will make her National Theatre debut in the summer with a short play called Edgar and Annabel in the Cottesloe theatre. Duncan McLean's NTS show Long Gone Lonesome will travel to Texas in January. And Midsummer, by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre, is playing at the Brighton Festival next week, with Ewan Donald (pictured in The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo) taking over Matthew Pidgeon's role. Between them, the Midsummer creative team have 11 nominations in this year's CATS.




My Fair Lady, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, May 13–Oct 15

Dunsinane, RSC/National Theatre of Scotland, on tour May 14–Jun 11

The Presents, Reeling and Writhing, on tour May 16–Jun 8

Play Me Something, Catriona McInnes, Tron, Glasgow, May 14

After the End, Citizens, Glasgow, May 17–Jun 4

Total Football, Ridiculusmus/NTS, Barbican, London, May 18–June 18

Henceforward, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, May 19–Oct 13

Ink: 24 Hour Plays, Ink, Tron, Glasgow, May 20



Imaginate, Traverse, Edinburgh, May 9–15

A Slow Air, Tron, Glasgow, May 11–21

Play Me Something, Catriona McInnes, Tron, Glasgow, May 14

Ink: 24 Hour Plays, Ink, Tron, Glasgow, May 20




12 May 2011 Northings


Adapted by Douglas Irvine. A Visible Fictions review.


12 May 2011 The Guardian


A Bank of Scotland Imaginate festival, Starcatchers and Visible Fictions review



22 April 2011 The Guardian

Six Black Candles

By Des Dillon. A Goldfish Theatre review.

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